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Ramavijaya.                        81

who shamelessly admitted Sita into his house, though she
lived under the roof of Kavana for many  years.   I  am a
pure washerman.    I am the  man who  clean and remove
the dirt and spots on the dresses and clothes of the people^
and do  you mean to  say that I will admit your unclean
daughter again into my house 1   You can take her back.
I do not wish to see her face.' This is the only man who has
scandalized you."    As soon as  Rama heard these words
from the officers, he became exceedingly sorry and, having
called Lakshuman, said to him, " You see, my brother,
that  Rajaka has  scandalized me, though  Sita is faithful
and as pious as any thing.    That wicked  washerman  has
scandalized  me,  because  I have admitted her into  my
house.    I cannot  bear this at all,    I, therefore, hade you
take Sita to the yonder forest and, leaving her there alone,
return  to me as soon as possible."   " You need not take
to your heart what Kajaka  has said about  you,'1 replied.
Lakshuman.    " There are many wicked persons who are
in the  habit of  scandalizing others.    As a wise  and pru-
dent man you should not mind it.    Let the people say
whatever they like.   Why do you mind that stupid man ?
I shall cut off his tongue." « What you say is right," con-"
tinned Rama, « but if you cut og the tongue of that man,
the  people will say that  we are guilty.    It is,  therefore,
far better, if we get rid of Sita, so that nobody may speak
ill of us."    Lakshuman hesitated to comply with his wish-
es,  when Kama  exclaimed, tfc If you do not obey me, I
shall kill myself on this  spot."    Finding that Rama was
serious, Lakshuman immediately got up and entered the
room of Sita, who kindly received him and made him sit
with her.    Lakshuman said to her, « Rama has told me
to take you to the yonder forest as soon as possible.    So,
kindly prepare yourself and accompany me there." '«Has
Kama  told you to take me to the  forest ?»'  replied she.
« AW I am very fortunate.    Some days ago he asked